Winning promotion to the East Anglian Premier League is the task Mildenhall Cricket Club captain Karl Holmes has set his side this season.
After witnessing several near misses in recent years, Holmes is confident this season’s squad is good enough to win this year’s Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title and put to an end years of frustration.
“I definitely think that the side we have this year is more than capable of winning the league,” said Holmes, whose side open against Hadleigh tomorrow (1pm). “I really do have a good feeling about this year.
“All the players want to do well and there is a real sense of unity in the camp, which is vital.”
As with most teams there has been no shortage of comings and goings at the Wamil Way club over the winter in the build-up to the new season.
Although losing the services of Essex bowler Tymal Mills and big-hitting Australian Erik Laubscher, the club have brought in several new faces from both at home and abroad.
“Kobus Scholtz is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off spinner who has come over from South Africa,” said Holmes. “Although Erik scored a lot of runs last season, he didn’t really get going with his bowling.
“Hopefully Kobus can fill Erik’s shoes with the batting, while we are hopeful that we can pull out more from him with his bowling.”
“Ben Shepperson has returned from Woolpit and I am expecting him to have a good season — I would be looking for him to get 800 runs.”
It is not just new arrivals Holmes is expecting to see enjoy a fine season on the field, with several faces from last year also anticipated to play a leading role in their title push.
“With Tymal leaving, I am looking for James Holmes to step up to the mark and lead the bowling attack and take in excess of 40 wickets this year,” said Holmes. “Fran Bester is another player I would be hoping to see get 800 runs this season, while Essex player Tom Westley has returned again, which is great.”